I spent the last week listening to webinars hosted by Brian Berni and the Fiction Marketing Academy. There were around 30 different specialists in all areas of marketing from perfecting an email list to creating and running Amazon ads. Brian did a great job rounding up these specialists, who provided many great lessons.
I discovered a great deal, but mostly these experts validated what I’m doing to market my books. My problem is that I write various genres so it’s hard to market me. If I stuck with one genre, it would be easier to build a platform. I can’t help it, I get an idea in my head, roll it around and develop it, and then decide the genre.
But I’ve learned my lesson and will stick with the genres I already have books. I do have ideas for another murder mystery and a science fiction story.
To keep you updated with the status of Sister Innocent, the proofreader has it now. She will get it back to me by October 9th. It will take me 7-9 days to read over the novel and make any corrections. Then it goes the formatter. My proofreader and I will then go through the novel again to make sure there are no formatting issues.
To all those people who said my novel was poorly edited, I want you to read my book again. It’s been through the copy writer twice then me twice and then proofreader will read it twice and I will go over again twice.
I’d like to bet you that if you find a mistake, I’ll send you a hard copy of the book, but I don’t want you looking for mistakes. I want you to enjoy the improved story, and I’m hoping all the errors have been found.
I think Sister Innocent has improved 100%. The copy editor gave me lots of suggestions and made comments about things I had to change. It’s the same story but I’ve changed a few things.
For some strange reason, no one liked Rebecca’s laundry room affair. I thought you guys wanted sex? So I put in a sex scene, and no one liked it. I thought that was hilarious. I have completed changed the scene. She still does her laundry, but she meets two sisters.
I also added more to the ending so it’s not as abrupt. Hopefully, I’ve explained a few things.
But the biggest change in the book is Rebecca. I’ve developed the character completely. I took to heart your reviews and realized I could easily adapt your thoughts into the character. I think you’ll find her enhanced.
I’m going to send Amazon an email when the novel is published instructing them to send everyone who had downloaded the book the updated version.
If you are one of those, you’ll be getting the new book directly. If you would like the ebook version (in exchange for a review), I’d be happy to send it to you.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know if you’d like an ebook or pdf version. I will send it to you as soon as it’s published around beginning of November.
By the way, what do you think of my new banner? All of my 10 books are there.
Stay safe and have fun,
I’ve been thinking about how much school has changed since I was a kid. I don’t think I could survive it today.
While in school, my greatest love was sports. I belonged to many sports teams like volleyball, baseball, waterpolo, badminton, etc. We had practices, games and tournaments. It was so much fun going to other schools and meeting other students. I made many friends from participating in school sports.
And before the virus, teachers were striking. Teachers never striked when I was in school. I’m not picking sides, but I don’t think it’s fair to the kids when teachers strike or work to rule. During those times, the kids don’t have after school programs which were important to me.
University was something I was expected to attend, but, if it weren’t for a sergeant in the Israeli army, I wouldn’t have gone. I was 22 years old and living in Israel. I had spent 6 months on a kibbutz and a year working in Haifa, but I wanted to find a way to meet Israelis my age, so I thought I’d join the army.
I met with a really nice sergeant. He was sympathetic but said, since I had no family in the country, I would be considered a security risk, and therefore I wouldn’t be able to get a good job in the military. When he learned my reason, he suggested I finish my university degree.
I’ll tell you one funny story about my university days. I studied English Literature, and, for my classmates, English was a second language.
I usually read the assigned books before my classmates. While reading, I would eat a bowl of popcorn. If it was an easy book to read, I only needed one bowl of popcorn. But Portrait of a Lady by James Joyce took me 5 bowls of popcorn!
My classmates would ask me, “How many bowls of popcorn did it take to read the book?” Then they’d know how difficult it was.
But university/college has changed with the virus. It’s done online now. Not an environment I could survive in.
I miss smiling at people. Nowadays everyone wears a mask. You can’t see anyone smile.
But how does covid-19 change our books? Do I write about situations before or after covid-19? Do my characters wear masks and keep a 6-foot distance?
What do you think?
p.s. I’ve parted ways with my developmental editor and proofreader. The proofreader edited another book of mine and did a terrible job. I would expect a novel to be ready for publishing after it’s been edited. Obviously these editors did not fulfill that objective.
I’m so embarrassed. I’m so upset. It feels like a punch in the gut.
What I’m talking about is my murder mystery Sister Innocent. I had it professionally edited a few times. I thought it was a clean manuscript. I thought I didn’t have to worry about editing.
BUT I received a few reviews that wrote “good but editing” which shocked me. I was given the name of another proofreading editor and she edited the first two pages and there were problems, which upset me.
So, I’m going to have Sister Innocent edited again by someone new. I’m told she’ll do an excellent job. It’s very frustrating to have this done again, but no choice. I want you to judge my book on the story, not the editing.
Once the editing is completed, I will be re-publishing.
Please delete your copies of Sister Innocent.
When it’s ready, I will write and happily send everyone who downloaded a copy, a free epub or pdf version of the novel. Hopefully Amazon can send the new copy to everyone who had downloaded through them.
My heart is broken. I always thought I could pride myself on the editing. I’ve read through these books hundreds of times, but obviously my editor and I didn’t do a good job.
I’m so sorry. I should have had it edited better before I published.
Thanks for listening,
Starting today for two weeks, I’m doing a two-week giveaway promotion with Amazon and you can download Sister Innocent for free.
The murder mystery story takes place in a Toronto law firm, but it deals with the legal assistants, not the lawyers.
I worked in a number of law firms off and on for 9 years, and I always had trouble with the other secretaries. They made my life miserable because I wouldn’t gossip and sit in the lunchroom with them every day divulging everything about my life. (I went for a walk at lunchtime to clear my head and smoke a cigarette.)
So what does an author do when she doesn’t like someone? She brutally stabs them to death. Hence the plot line for the book.
You can download it here:
I thank you in advance.
p.s. I’d appreciate a review.
There is something you have to know. I can’t write a romance novel.
I had a story that fit the romance genre, and I wrote a few chapters which I sent to my editor. My chapters had problems so my editor recommended I read Romancing the Beat, Story Structure for Romance Novels by Gwen Hayes. It’s an excellent description on how to write a romance.
But I have to admit, I haven’t read any romances. It’s not a genre I enjoy so not really a good idea that I try to write one, but I had this idea about a young, factory worker who meets a handsome stranger on the bus. Once a guy sat down beside me on the bus and we ended up dating for a while.
I also worked in a factory in Sydney for 6 months in 1993 while I lived in Australia. When I came back to Canada, I wrote a few pages. I found the story a few months ago while looking through my documents file. It was still in wordperfect, and I thought I’d write a romance using those 2 stories.
There have been at least 4 different versions of the same first chapters. Each time I made an adjustment, I would send the chapters to my editor and Sarah sent them back with lots of comments. But the chapters didn’t improve. They got worse and worse with each version.. It wasn’t working out.
So I’ve come to the conclusion that I can’t write romance.
I’m re-working Devouring Time. It’s getting a new title because it seems that title doesn’t convey what the book is about so Howard is working on that. I have a great cover designer and he’s working on a new cover. The present cover is just a stocked version. Since I’m getting all this done, I decided to read it over again.
Devouring Time has been completely rewritten. I get it back from the editor next week, and then I’ll have to read it over again. I’ll be sure to let you know when I’ll be re-publishing.
I’ve also been working on Locker Rooms. Again Howard said it’s a terrible title so it has a new title now: The Devil, Angels, and Demons, The Devil Wants His Lost Souls Back and Will Fight a Rogue Demon and the Chosen Woman to Get Them.
It’s also getting a real cover from my wonderful Greek designer. I re-read the book and sent it to my editor for another read through. I didn’t change much, but I did delete one scene because I had the main character getting busted for smoking marijuana which doesn’t make sense now because pot is legal in Canada.
I get the book back from Sarah on May 8th. I will then have to read through it and make any corrections. I will let you know when The Devil, Angels, and Demons will be re-released.
Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about my telepathic children. The third book in the series has been started and I plan on working on it when the two books mentioned above are published.
I’m looking for reviews for my murder mystery Sister Innocent. I’d be happy to email you a pdf or epub version if you agreed to post a review on Amazon.
I don’t want to bore you with words about the state of affairs in the world right now, but let me just say: Stay at home and read a book. We will get through this.
Take care and have fun,
Rebecca minds her own business – until the day that her desk mate, Gina Mancini, goes missing. Within hours, her body is discovered in a back alley, and security footage indicates that she may have known her killer. Police officers descend upon the firm, questioning everyone for clues, a motive – and a possible suspect.